I’m going to yoke together two seemingly unrelated stories here, so bear with me for a minute.
The first article comes from Sweden, and concerns the resignation of the fire chief at a Rosengård fire station. As regular readers know, Rosengård is the scene of nightly arson and rioting by “youths” from the immigrant housing projects. After they set a school or a car ablaze, gangs of young punks wait around for the fire brigade to show up, and then pelt the firemen with stones, bottles, and the occasional fire bomb, all the while knowing that any significant punishment is unlikely to fall on them.
The local fire chief decided he had had enough of all this, and resigned. But you have to admire the guy: instead of quitting his job entirely, he simple gave up his administrative position and will continue as a rank-and-file firefighter.
According to The Local:
Rosengård Firefighters Call it Quits
After months of suffering through thrown rocks and threats directed at his squadron during numerous calls to the Rosengård neighbourhood in Malmö, local fire chief Henrik Persson said on Tuesday he is stepping down from his post.
“I’m not getting any support from our top management. They don’t listen to our requests for a secure working environment,” Persson told the Sydsvenskan newspaper.
Persson, who also sits in on the board of Sweden’s national firefighters’ union, said he will abandon his leadership role at the Jägersro fire station and instead continue work as a rank-and-file firefighter.
Three other firefighters, including another squadron leader from the Jägersro fire station, also said on Tuesday they were quitting in hopes of relocating to other stations, the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reports.
Firefighters and police officers have long been subject to thrown rocks and threats on calls to Malmö’s Rosengård neighbourhood, with fire fighters working to introduce measures to make their jobs safer.
But their efforts have been for naught, according to Persson, who feels that he can no longer guarantee the safety of his colleagues.
“At a recent meeting a police officer said we need to be ready to have Molotov cocktails thrown at us,” he said.
UK: Muslim-Owned Shop Bans Customers Wearing Veils
A Muslim-owned jewellery shop has decided to ban customers wearing veils after being targeted by robbers disguised as Islamic women.
Everyone entering ATAA Jewellers in Glasgow must reveal their faces under planned new rules to protect staff from further attacks.
The store owners decided to act after two Asian men wearing traditional Muslim women’s clothes — including niqab veils — made away with thousands of pounds worth of jewellery earlier this month.
The pair, who were also carrying handbags, pretended to be interested in buying some items but attacked staff with pepper spray when cabinets were unlocked.
Now the Sadiq family who run the shop are planning to put up a sign informing customers that they cannot wear any headgear that covers the face.
Any Muslim women who are more comfortable in a niqab will be encouraged to telephone in advance to ensure that a female member of staff is present during their visit, to confirm their identities.
“It is our safety that matters as well at the end of the day,” Rukhsana Sadiq told the BBC Asian Network. “God forbid anything like this happening to anyone else.”
The family said they accepted the policy may offend some Muslims, but expect other businesses to take a similar approach. Criminals wearing Islamic veils have carried out at least one other robbery in the city.
Local councillor Hanzala Malik backed the plan. “I know in Scotland that banks will not allow their customers coming in with motorbike helmets, I don’t see why it should be different for people wearing the Niqab. It is an issue about identifying people,” he said.
That’s a good question: why should the rules be any different for people wearing the niqab?
Actually, the rules themselves aren’t the issue; it’s who is allowed to apply and enforce them. If the owner of the shop were a red-headed fellow named Hamish MacDonald, what do you think would happen to him when he refused service to a Muslima in a burqa? Anyone want to bet against the likelihood that he’d be looking at the wrong end of a discrimination charge from the Crown Prosecution Service?
Any white store owner who did such a thing would be engaging in the heinous practice of racial profiling. The horror!
Let’s face it: the rules are different for white people. What would be called racism if I did it becomes perfectly acceptable when it is done by someone who has slightly more melanin in his skin or who bangs his head on the floor when he prays.
Which brings us back to the Swedish fire chief. What if the rioting youths of Rosengård were “persons of Swedish background”? In the unlikely event that ethnic Swedish youngsters would engage in such destructive antisocial behavior, what would be the consequences?
Sweden is far too enlightened a place to dress the miscreants in striped pajamas and send them off to bust up rocks on a prison farm. But you can guarantee that they’d be in reform school or juvie, and not free to run around setting fires night after night.
It’s an unhappy fact, but the standards for white people are not the same as they are for ethnics. People from non-white cultures are expected to be more violent and criminally-inclined, and since we must respect cultural differences, the penalties for them are less harsh and less frequently applied.
Is this racism? You betcha!
But it’s not my racism. It’s the racism of the ruling Multicultural elite, who believe that black and brown people are not capable of civilized behavior, and thus refuse to hold them to the same standards that white people are expected to meet.
So if most of my friends are white, or if I hire mostly white employees to work for my business, then I’m a racist. Period. No court of appeal.
But nobody thinks anything of it if all of an African-American’s friends are black. And if an Iranian businessman has nothing but fellow Iranians as employees, what’s the big deal? It’s diversity at work — something to be celebrated.
This wonderful thing called Multiculturalism mandates that enclaves of foreign cultures be established in our countries, and that the new arrivals be allowed — nay, encouraged — to create an exact replica of their home culture in our midst. To expect assimilation is to be racist.
So everyone is invited to enjoy practicing his traditional customs and mores in this gorgeous rainbow patchwork quilt that is the modern Multicultural state.
Unless he’s white.
If you want to practice the traditions and customs of a white person, then you’re a racist.
Hat tips: Lexington and Vlad Tepes.